The complaint below was submitted on December 18, 2019 to the Open Meetings Act (OMA) Compliance Board, detailing recurring OMA violations via electronic communications between BOE members over the past year. The BOE has until January 17, 2020 to respond to this complaint.
This is Part 1 of a series of Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) response releases that will give a glimpse behind the curtain regarding the planning and rollout of the Howard County Council’s CR-112 resolution that called on the Howard County public school system to ‘desegregate’ its schools.
Here’s a tiny glimpse into how the sausage got made during this Fall’s school redistricting process — text messages between BOE members Sabina Taj & Jen Mallo during the November 18, 2019 work session. I wonder which move was “nice to Chao”?
The discussion about the statement that Mavis Ellis made on behalf of the Board prior to the redistricting ‘ratification vote’ held on December 17, 2019 is so concerning that it deserves further attention.
On December 17, the BOE held a ‘ratification vote’ on the controversial Clemens Crossing redistricting vote that occurred on November 21, 2019, in which the vote initially failed 3-4 and then was overturned 4-3 after a sudden and seemingly illegal recess by the Board.
Socio-economic based redistricting was proposed as a necessary first step towards achieving equity in education in Howard County. A next proposed step seems to be to change homework to be an optional, non-graded practice, and Ellicott Mills Middle School is serving as the test case.
The definition of ‘segregated’ that this resolution uses for the school system is inherently flawed and as such, County Resolution 112-2019 cannot be allowed to pass…
The solution that the superintendent has proposed will result in thousands of students from higher FARM percentage schools being “swapped” with thousands of students from lower FARM percentage schools and will insidiously mask underlying problems that need to be addressed at the County, State & National policy levels
Instead of offering more support to struggling students, Superintendent Martirano and members of the County Council are demanding that we as a county redistrict over 7300 students to distant schools…..schools that at the same time have been forced to implement drastic cuts to their existing support staff due to the County Executive’s budget decisions